The Power of No
A couple weeks ago my mother-in-law's looked at me and said "Pat, you've got to learn to say no once in a while."
Being a reasonably polite person I smiled and said "I do. In fact, I say no to people all the time."
I may be in the office six days a week and my calendar may look overwhelming to my mother-in-law, but I'm well aware how many hours there are in the day and I carefully plan how many of those hours can be spent on any given project.
I make sure that I include time for working out, reading and down time every day and I even schedule mental health days where I can either do nothing or go crazy and just do whatever I want. I also never eat lunch in front of my computer.
None of that was true when I worked in a cubicle. And it probably wouldn't happen now if I hadn't learned the power of NO.
No is a powerful word. It's a statement of autonomy that lets people know that you are in control of your own choices. And It doesn't have to be harsh or rude, it just has to be firm.
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